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A. Or. BOYD, PUBLISHER REBEL POETRY. The following stanzas were found on the person of a rebel sergeant of the "Stonewall Brigade," Recently captured by our troops near Winchester, Va r Come, Ptnck nrra*, men! Pile on the rails- Stir op the camp fire bright, So matter if the canteen fails, We'll make a roaring night 1 Here Shenandoah brawls along, There burly Blue Ridge echoes strong, To swell the brigade's rousing song, Of ''Stonewall Jackson's way." I Wc sec him now—the old slouched hat, Cocked o'er his eye askew— The shrewd dry smite—the speech so pat, So calm, so blunt so true. The "Blue Light Elder," knows 'em welj ; . Says lie, "that's Banks—he's fond of shell, Lord save his soul I —we'll give him"—well, That's "Stonewall Jackson's way." Silence 1 ground arms 1 kneel all I caps off I Old Blue Light's going to prav. Strangle the fool that dares to scoff! Attention it's his way t Appealing from his native sod, In forma pauperit to God— "Lay bare thine arm, stretch forth thy rod," "Aincni" That's "Stonewall's way." lie's in the saddle now I Fait in ! Steady ! the whole brigade I Hill's at the ford, cut off; we'll win, His way out, ball and blade. What matter if our siloes arc worn ? What matter if our feet arc torn, "Quick step with him before dawn I" That s "Stonewall Jacksou ... The sun's bright lances rout the mists, Of morning—and by George 1 Here's Longstrcct, struggling in the lists, Hemmed in an ugly gorge. Pope and his Yankees, whipped before, "Bay'ncts and grape 1" hear Stonewall roar, "Charge Stewart 1 pay off Ashby's score," Is "Stonewall Jackson's way. Ah 1 maiden wait, and watch, and yearn. For news of Stonewall's band I Ah I widow, read with eyes that burn, That ring upon thy hand I Ah wife, sew on, pray on, hope on 1 Tby life shall not be all forlorn t • c-. 1 1 wn'pr been borne. That gets in "Stonewall sway." POETICAL PATCHWORK. QUILTED BY BIEASOEB. 'Twas midnight, in his guarded tent, He was a wight of high renown, In splendid robes profusely drcst j His breeches cost him but a crown. Old Q l imes is dead, that good old soul, Tliou should'st not tlius repine ; ' They laid him in his narrow bed, At Bingcn on the Rhine. Hear ye those loud contending waves, deep the pearly caverns among 1 Far, far away in Illinois, v Where burning Sappho lov'd And snug ? 'Twa3 many and many a year ago, The cold round moon shone brightly down; All bloodless lay tb' untrodden enow, When Old Dan Tucker came to town. One eve'ning as I wandered forth, On broad Lake Huron's pebbly shore ; I spied a maiden past her prime, Rich and rare were the gems she wore. 'Twas midnight on the mountains brown, Along the banks of Ayr •, When through an Alpine village pas3'd, The boy with the auburn hair. Saw ye the mighty from their graves? where is the Pyrrhic Phalanx .gone? 0, terribly proud was Miss Mac Bride I Were the last words of Marmion. The Sun's eye had a sickly glare, On old long Islaud's sea-girt shore ; When black eyed Susan came on board, And a bright gold ring on her wand she [bore.] It was an ancient fisherman, That name is quite forgot— He led her to the altar, The Lady of Shalot. Earl March look'd on his dying child, His ruddy cheek grow wan ; Why should the spirit of mortal beprond, Or any other man. Mary Maloney's Idea of a Lover. —6— 'What are you singing for?' said I to Mary 1 Maloncy. 'Oh, I don't know ma'am, without its be- ! cause my heart feels happy.' 'Happy are you, Mary Maloncy? Let mc ; see, you don't own a foot of land in the world.' 'Foot of land, is it? she cried, with a hearty Irish laugh. 'Oh, what a hand yc bo after jo- j king! why, I haven't a penny, let alone the land.' 'Your mother is dead.' 'God rest her soul; yes,' replied MSry Malo ncy with a touch of the genuine pathos.— •May the angels mako her bed in heaven.' 'Your brother is still a he.ird case, I suppose. 'Ah, you may well say that, It is nothing hut drink, drink, and beating his poor wifo, - that she is a poor creature.' 'You have to pay your sister's hoard.' 'Sure, the bit creature, and she is a good lit tle girl, is Hinney, willing to do whatever I axes her; I don't grudge tho monoy that goes for that.' . 'You haven't many fashionable dressoe, ei ther, Mary Malone?' 'Fashionable, is it? Oh, I put a piece of whalebone-iu my skirt, and the calico gown looks as big a# the great ladies. But thon yc ssy tree, I haven't but two gowns to mo back, two shoes to ma feet, and one bonnet to me bead, baring the old hood ye gave me.' 'You haven't any lover Mary Maloncy?* "COMMON CONSENT IS THE ONLY LEGITIMA'SE BASIS OF GOVEBNMENT." 'Oh be off wid ye!—ketch Mary Malone get i tln ß a lover theso days when the hard times ' is comc - N o, thank heaven, I ain's got thai , to trouble me yet. Nor I don't want it.' What on earth, then, have you got to make you happy? A drunken brother, a poor helpless sister, no mother, no father, no lover —why, where do you get all your happiness from? 'The Lord be praised, miss, it growed up in me. Give mo a bit of sunshine, a clean flure nnd I'm mattr. -That makes me T&Ugh and sing. And then if deep troubles come, why God hclpin' me, I'll try to keep my heart up.' Sure it would be a sad thing if Patrick Wc- I Guirc should take it into his head to ax mo, but the Lord willin' I'd try'to bear up under ! it: ' ■ | The last speech upset my gravity. The | idea of looking upon a lover as an affliction j tras so droll. But .she was evidently sincere, I having the example of her sisters husband and her drunken brother. Change ofliubtt* the cause of Death. A man may change his mode of life as long as he is on the youthful side of middle life; the meridian line once passed, all such radical changes is attended with the peril of death Have you never noticed in cf in nosological cohmis of newspapers, how of follows wifo or wife husbands, parture, when they havclong'AtpLlfe". I The age-worn constitution is unable to; react against the bereavement and to adapt itself to tho new circumstances in which it was placed. The usual form in which death invades the body of these aged persons demonstrates this truth; for they die of appoplexy or of parolysis of the brain. Tho mind shrinking instinctively from death, exerts all its powers of recovery to ral ly after the blow is received, the exertion is too much for it, 'tis shattered by the very attempt. There used to bo an old diplomatist, in paris Count do Lowenhelm, from Sweden—who K nigh flfV a preserved old man, un habitual frequenter of the grand opera and French comedy, going constantly in society, and never absent from a single court ball. The Crimean war gave unu sual importance to the diplomatic relations of the two courts, and it became necessary to ap point a more active man to the Swecdish lega tion The old minister seemed to grow older ev ery hour after tho newspapers recorded the appointment of his succcsssor. Ho roamed about the lobbiesyf tho grand opera and the French commedy like a person lost in the woods. He went to Stockholm and fell dead of apoplexy a few days after his arrival. His letters of recall wero his death warrent. Have j-ou never heard the vulgar remark | that tho builder cf a house dids almost i as soon as tho house is completed? The j observation has somo foundation in truth, but the cause of the effect is not '•luck," it is this very inability of the aged mind to react against old habits lost. Men rarely build houses until they have amassed something like indepen dence of fortune: in other words, they are gen erally in tho afternoon of life, and they build tho houso. for a harbor from the cares of busi ness, whore thoy may twirl their thumbs and '•enjoy life" by oppressing themselves with idleness. As long as the houso is building, jdl goes well, they dont miss tho absent shop or counting room. There is the bricklayer to he scolded and tho carpenter to be overlooked, and discussions to be held with tho architect, and . money to be paid out; in fine, there is something to think about, something to worry over; something to fret about; it is the old round of life in minaturc if you will, but still it is the old round which has been paced for forty years. But when tho house is complete, when the last coat, of paint has dried, last chip has been removed, and last bit of mortar ta ken away; when the owner has nothing to do but to cmjoy his fine house and his affluent, for tune, then comes tho vacuum, nothing to do.— Tho old man finds pears have not changed liis mind as much as they have changed his body, and the toy tired the old man even sooner than it tired the child. There is no correlation bc- I tweon building a house and death, but there is | a close connection between age and change of I life.— Spiridion, —Agassiz made a drawing of a fish from a j single scale, and afterward, when the fish was j found, the drawing proved to be a very good j likeness. —An Irish jingle-driver, in Dublin, mado a j very happy and characteristic reply the other . day. A gentleman had replied to Pat's " Want ' ajingle, sir?" by saying, " No; I apa able to ! walk;" "May your honor long be'able, but sel dom willing." —A Western paper publishes the follow ing: "We knew an old man who bclioved that, what was to be, would be.' Ho lived in a gion infested by savage Indians. He always took his gun with him when going' into the woods; but this time ho found that some of his family had taken it. As ho would not go with out it, his frionds tantalized him by saying that there was no danger of the Indians; that ho would not die till his time came, anyhow. —"Yes yes!' said the did fellow; 'hut suppose I was to meet ati Indian, and his time had come, it wouldn't, do not to have thy gun!" . HAGERSTOWN, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, J862. . | USEFUL AND INTERESTING. s . . — °- t Chapped Rands. This is an annoyance in winter-time; whih 5 to keep them soft ami white is sometimes verj r desirable—to do this, wash the hands not mow r than once or twice a day, and always in watei ' a little warm, using the finest, purest white soap. Rinse them well, so that the soap shall 1 be entirely removed, then wipe them wilh a ; j soft, dry towel closing the operation by rtlJ bing the liftids with one another very freely until there is a feeling of comfortable softness in them. At bed-time, especially of the coldest days, a few drops of sweet-oil should be most thor oughly rubbed with one hand into the other. If coal must be handled, or fires made or re plenished, do not go near the fire until a pair of gloves, lined with some soft material are put on. The Baltimore and Ohio ltalroad. It lias been ascertained from parties coming tluougli on foot from Marlinsburg aud vicini ty to Harper's Ferry, over the line of the Bal timore and Ohio Railroad, that the damage done the road has been fur greater than was | anticipated. The facts arc, that the rond for | twepty-five miles in length has been almost I entirely destroyed. The destruction common- ! ces three miles west of Harpers Ferry, and I extends to a point about ten miles west of j aWlliikVwhere the road approaches the ! that patt of the road named, ims-*..,.. Along I with all the cross ties and sills, and.tlm fixtures j of every description, have been taken up, I burned, or carried off and broken in such a manner as to lie unfit for use. A number of bridges have been totally destroyed. At Mar tinsburg (which has always bean one of flic principal stations for the cxcliango of engines, and wlicrc largo repair shops and other build ings were located; great damage has been done. These buildings, together with the agent's and | master mechanic's dwellings, a passenger di- j nine- hotel, alarge ticket office and storehouse; j other improvements incidental to the working J of a large road, haveali been totally destroyed, j Several miles of side tracks, with numerous in- j 1 tcrsectiiig switches, were also removed and the | material burned—the wooden parts entirely and the iron parts so bent or otherwise distor ted as to be useless. In many places along the road the iron rail after being heated wer twisted around the trunks of trees or liung | over fences 011 the roadside. Throughout the entire distance where the j road has been destroyed the telegraph, wires I I and poles have been cut down and removed. I In short, the railroad and its telegraph, with j all its water stations, appliances and couveni- ! encc, will have to be entirely rebuilt, except so j far as the grading is concerned, which is said to bo disturbed only Where,the bridges have I been blown up f,r burned. The company have not yet recovered the section of the road dam aged, and the Federal troops have not yet oc cupied the territory through which the road | runs, west of Harper's Ferry, and until such occupation is made in such force as to promise i permanency, the company, it is asserted, will j not at tempt to restore the road. Tuc amount I of material requisite for the reconstruction of | the road is almost incredible, more ! in these times of scarce .labor and material. Wellington's Strategy. * —a— . On a certain occasion during Wellington's campaign on the Pyrennese, that "Great Cap tain" being displeased with the dispositions General Picton had made for receiving the as sault of Marshal Soult, who menaced him in front, ordered the plan to he entirely changed. But the difficulty was to delay the attack of the French until tho change could he effected.— This the "Iron Duke" accomplished in person in the following manner. Duffing his cocked hat and waving it in tho air, ho rode furiously to tho head of n regiment, as if about to order n charge. Thereupon arose a trcmcndcous cheer from the men, which was taken up by corps after, until it reverberated along tho whole ex tent of I'ietou's lino. As tho roar died away, Wellington was heard to remark, musingly, as if addressing himself—"Soult is a skillful but cautions commander, and will not attack in force until he has ascertained the moaning of these cheers. This wilLgivo time for tire sixth division to come up and we snail beat him."— It turned out as lie anticipated. Moult., natu rally enough, supposed these tremendous shouts announced the arrival of large reinforcements, and did not attack until too late. Ilad he struck at the right moment he would havo won an ea sy victory; as it was, ho met with a hloody repulse. This was strategy. Not the strate gy of books, but the strategy of genius, engen dered and executed in the same moment. INFLUENCE OF NEWSPAPERS. —Daniel Web ster said: "Small is the sunt that is required to patronize a'uowspaper and amply repaid is its patron, I caro not how humble and unpreten ding tlic gazette lie takes. It is next to im possible to fill a sheet without putting into it something that is worthy the subscription price. Every parent whose son is away from home at school, should supply him with a newspaper. I well remember what a marked dmereuctf there "Was between those who had uot. Other things being equal; tho first was always supe rior to the last in debate, composition and gen eral intelligence."' STONEWALL JACKSON ADAfINIS TERS THE SACRAMENT. I On the morning of a recent battle near Har per's Ferry, after a serman by one of his chap- I, lains, Stonewall Jackson, who, by the way is | an elder in the Presbyterian church, admin'is- I tercd the sacrament to the church members in | his army. He invited all Christians to partdci | pto i n this ceremony' A Baptist, the straigh , test of his sect, thoroughly imbued with the idea b- f close tornnwmfah, -was seen to hesiuio; bnt the occasion, and the man who presided over came his scruples and thus it has happened that the prospect of a tight and the eloquence of Jatkson made a Baptist forget that baptism is the door into the church.—ln all Jackson's amy an oath is rarely uttered. A religious enthusiasm pervades it which makes every man a hrro. In this incident we have an explana tion of Gen. Jackson's invincibility, and we are thus enabled to understand why his men arc all heroes, and why they c-nduro without a murmur the severest hardships "to which any troops have been subjected during the war. When peace is restored, it will be honor enough , for any man to say ."I belonged to the army of Stonewall Jackson." Joe Parsons, of Baltimore. ' A Correspondent of the Boston Transcript relates the following story: .Toe enlisted in the Ist Maryland Regiment, and was plainly a "rough" originally. As we cd.alouff the hall we first saw him, crou "l m a tmm m... . and observing the broad bandage over"isk eyes, I said: "What's yoiff name, my good' fellow?" • "Joe, sir," lie answered—".Toe Parsons." "And what is the matter with you?" "Blind, sir—blind as a bat." "In battle?" "Yes—at Antietam. Both eyes shot out at ! one clip." I Poor Joe was in tho front, at Antietam ! Creek, and a Millie ball bad passed directly I .no-J_ s pig eves, across bis face, destroving las sight torevei*. I old; but lie was as happy as a lark! I <7t. Is On avl Ail,' I s.ii.X. 'l,m very thankful I'm alive, sir. It might ha' been worse yer see," he continued. Atnl then lie told us his story. 'I was hit,' he said, 'and it knocked mo down. I lay there all night, and next day the fight was renewed. I could stand the pain, yer see, hut the halls was flying' all around, and I wanted to get away. I cuddii't sec uothin', though. So T waited and listened; and at. last I heard a feller groanin' beyond 1 mo. 'Hello!' says I. 'Hello yourself,' says lie. j 'Who be. yer?' says I—'a rebel?' 'Yoiu'e a Yan- j kee' says he. 'So 1 am,' says I; 'what'ts the mat- j tor with you?' 'My leg's smashed'says he,' Can't vftr walk?' '2so.' 'Can yer see?' '.Yes.' — 'Well,'says I, 'your'c a d—<l rebel, hut will you do me a little favor?' 'I will, says lie, *cf. I ken.' Then I says, 'Well, o!e butternut, 1 can't see notbin. My eyes is knocked out, but 1 ken walk. Ccnnc over yer. Let's get out of this. You p'int the way, an'd I'll tote yer off the field on my hack.' 'Bully for you,'- says he. And so we managed to get together. We shook hands on it. I took a wink outon his canteen, and ho got on to my shoulders. I did the walkiu' for both, and he did the nav igatin'. An' cf he didn't make mc carry him straight into a rebel colonel's tent, a mile away, I'm a liar! Ilows'evcr, the Colonel came up, an' says lig, 'Wliar d'yer come from? Wbo bo yar? I told him. He said I was doue for, | and couldn't do no more shoot'n; an' he sent Imo over to our lines. So, after three days, I I came down bore with the wounded boys, I where we're doin* pretty well, all things con sidered.' 'But you will never see the light again, my | poor fellow," I suggested, sympathetically, j 'That's so,' ho answered, glibly; "but I can't j help it, yoU notice. _ I did my dooty—got i shot, pop in the eye—an' that's my misfort n, I not my fault—as the ole man said of his blind • boss. But 'l'm a bold soldier boy!' : lie continued, cheerily renewing his song; and jwo left him in his singular merriment. Toor, i sightless, unlucky, but stout-hearted Joe Far j sons. LET lIIM GO. When you've lost a lover, let him go.— j Never try to stay his departure, nor .to get him back. Love that can servo you so, was never worth the having. It was an insult and an imposture from the first. I)e thankful to be rid of it at last. No doubt 'tis a hard and bitter thing to suffer as you mnxt from woun ded confidence and affection ; "but it is not half so hard and Utter to suffer because you have lout that man, as it would bo to endure the hating of him. .Is toon at,you can gain your own content to give him tp entirely, and to loolc hit m'artnett fairly in thefgee, you will be free and happy again, which you never could be had you become his wife. —The Aurora Uorealis is a phenomenon of j Nature concerning which but little is lffibwn, | except that it produces puturbatious in tho ! magnetic needle, and in the workings of tho f telegraphs. i- j Another Better from Ex-President Bu chanan—Reply to Bt. Gen. Scott. Ex-President Buchanan has published a let ter in Lt. Gen. Scott's, in rejation to s tne early history of the war. He sets out by stating that he has already furnished clear and i distinct responsos to all the allegations of Gen. Scott; and in his (Scott's) rejoinder ho lias not ■ called in question any of his (Buchanan's) i statements, with a single exception. This has ■ refffence to the gurrlsftontng ryt CHuU.--. forts, and Mr Buchanan adduces many addit ional facts and figures in support of the decla rations made in his original letter, and to which General Scott responded. We have room only for the following ex tracts from the ex- President's second letter. It will he seen that they meet certain new al legations made by General Scott : "I should have nothing more to add had General Scott, in liis rejoinder, confined him self to the topics embraced in his original let ter. He has extended thorn, and now for the | first, time, and in a sarcastic and 110 kindly I spirit, refers to tlio alleged stealing of public arms by Secretary Floyd, and their transpor tation to the South, in anticipation of the re bellion. The most conclusive answer to this allegation is that, notwithstanding the boast ing of Mr. Floyd at Richmond, evidently with the view of conciliation liis new allies cited by the General as his authority, no pub lic arms were, even stolen. The fact is estab lished by the report of the committee on mil itary affairs of the House of Representatives. re J llo ' made by Mr. Stanton, of Ohio : the reports of convhiiffftisWk-iiL February, 1 session of 1860-01. This report and the tes timony before the committee establish. "1. That the Southern States received .in j 18C0 less instead of more than the quota of arms to which they were entitled by law ; and that three of them—North Carolina, Mis sissippi and Kentucky—received no arms | whatever, and this simply because tlicy did j not ask for thorn. Well may Mr. Stanton j have said in the House "that there are a good I '"-1 /r rumors and suneulatious and misappro licnsion as to ine xroc . 1 * a to tliie nrnltor." '% Secretary Floyd, under suspicious cir cumstances, on the 22d of December, 1860, and but a few days before lie left the Depart ment, had, without the knowledge of the President, ordered one hundred and thirteen (113) columbiads. and eleven (ill thirty-two pounders to be transported from Pittsburg to •Ship Isfiind and Galveston, in Mississippi and Texas. This fact was brought to the knowl edge of the President by a comnunication from Pittsburg, and Secretary Holt immedi ately thereafter countermanded the order of his predecessor and the cannon were never sent. The promptitude with which we acted elicited a voto of thanks, dated on the 4th of January, 1801, from the select and common councils of that city "to the President, the At torney General, and the acting Secretary of War,'. (Mr. Holt) "After this statement, how shall we nc count for the explicit declaration of General Scott that, 'accidentally hearing early in March that under this posthumous order (that of Mr. Floyd of the 22d of December) the ship ment of these guns had commenced, I com municated the fact to Secretary Holt, (acting for Secretary Cameron.) just in time to defeat the mldiery V" And this is the same Secreta ry Holt who had countermanded the posthu mous order, in the previous December.' And, strange to say. these guns, but for the alleged interposition of General Scott, were about to be sent so late as March from the loyal States ; into those over which Jefferson Davis had then for some tiryc presided f "Hod General Scott Tcfiocled for a moment lie could not have fallen into this blunder.— It is quite manifest lio was 'without a printed document and my (his) own official papers.' 'B. The government had on Land in the year 18GU about 500,000 old muskets, which I had been condemned 'as unsuitable for public i service,' under the act of 3d of March, 1825. They were of such a character th'at, although offered both at public and private safP for 50 each, purchasers could not be obtained at that rate, except for a comparatively small number. On the 30tlr of November, 1859. Secretary Floyd ordered about one fifth of the whole number (105,000) to be sent from the Springfield armory where they had accumu lated, t> five Southern arsenals, 'in* proportion to their respective means of proper storage.'— This order was carried into effect by the Ord nance Bureau ih tlic usual course of* adminis tration and without reference to tl>? President. It is but justice to say that from t]he testimony before the committee there is no reason to sus pect that Secretary Floyu iesucd this order from any sinister motive. Its date was months before Mr. Lincoln's nomination for the Presidency, and nearly a year before his election, and whilst the Secretary was still on avowed opponent of secession. Indeed, t. e testimony of Colonel Craig and Captain May - nadier,of the orduauce, before the committee, is wholly inconsistent with any evil intention on his part. "And yet tlieeo 'condemned muskets,' with a few thousand ancient rifles of a callibrethen no longer used, arc transformed by Gen. Scott into '115,000 extra muskets and rif.es, with alt their implements and ammunition ' This NUMBER 6. TWO DOLLARS A YEAR, is the first time I havo heard—certainly thero was nothing of the kind before the committee —that ammunition was sent with these con demned nnd inferior arms to the'r places of storage—just as though they had been intend ed not for sale but for immediate use in the field. The truth is, that it is impossible to Steal arms and transport them from one de pository to another without the knowledge and active participation of the officers of the Ord nance Bureau, both in *nd at mrtt aepusroiuw.'t FROM THE BEAT OP WAR Army Operations in Virginia. OFFCTTS CROSS ROADS, Montgomery Coun ty, Md., Nov. 25. —This morning, at daylight, a bodyof rebel cavalry, said to bo sixty strong, entered I'oolesville, seized Messrs. Cherry and Savgeant (the government telegraph operators stationed there) in bed, paroled them and per mitted them to telegraph their mishap to Washington. We have not yet learned what damage they have done, or where they crossed the river.— We think, however, at White's Ford. Their number must have been.so small that they managed to slip over, unpcrccivod by our guard, in tbc night's darkness. Their bold ness has caused much excitement in this neighborhood. FURTHER CONCERNING THE REBEL RAID AT I'OOLESVILLE. OFFCTT'S CROSS ROADS, KG V. 2C.—Tho parties making tho impudent raid on Pooles ville yesterday morning tvere forty-fivo or fifty Marylandcrs, principally belonging to tbis "nce-wi—''---Gst'cil the river not long since, They did ng other dainngirtnsjv vi— ly reported, but spent the few hours they dar ed remain in Maryland with their families and friends. FROM FREDERICKSBURG. The Star of the 25tli says : The signs are that the rebels design making serious resistance to our crossing tho Rappa hannock at Fredericksburg. A mile from tho river there they have a fine ridge for defense, rapidly as~pdssß>(e"witfr W 60 that it is not Burnside's purpose to attempt the crossing just there, owing to these improvised defenses. However, there is no sign that a serious collision will come oft' there for somo days yef, we hear. FROM WAIIRENTON JUNCTION.' FAIRFAX STATION, NOV. 25.— LJilor Star —I hear from a refugee who came byway of Warrenton Junction that the rebels are lurk ing in ''the pines,'' northwest of the Junction, in considerable numbers, and fliat they proba bly design to gobble up our picket guards in that vicinity, audmay haVe other mischievous ends in view. They are concealed in precise ly the same dense growth of pines used by them as a cover prior to their descent upon Pope's baggage train. PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 25. —The NcwTork Herald contains a dispatch dated Harper's Ferry, yesterday, giving intelligence from Stonewall Jackson's Headifhartora, which were at Berryvilie on Saturday. His force was 30,000 strong, and included sixty guns. On Friday afternoon Jackson received the follow ing telegram from JeffDavis: "If you don't leave the valley at once and come help us de fend Richmond, it will not be worth your while to come to its defense at all." Jackson's reply is not known, but his forces were not in motion on Saturday morning. The Times hits a special dispatch from Gen. Sigel's headquarters, dated yesterday, saying: "Such information has been received at these headquarters this afternoon, as leaves no further doubt that that entire portion of Virginia has been abandoned by the rebel troops. Some of White's guerillas are roam ing about Lcosburg and the vicinity, but Jack j sou has gone to Richmond!" CONVERSATION. Conversation is most pleasing when it i 3 carried on in an easy tone without letting the mind feel irksome from lethargy, or a distrac tion fiom violent emotions. This is the kind of conversation that gives iaost pleasure to people of fashion, and even to scholars men of profound learing. Dr. Johnson used always to like the conversation of his fashion able friend, Topham Boa- c rc, because he talked with an apparent insensibility—with an affectation of perpetual calmness. This Johnson called carrying on • a conversation without effort. He preferred a calm monoto nous talker to a violent emphatical one. AST A friend of ours, who had taken pride for several years in cultivating a full crop of v.oir on bis face, was called away cn business some time since. While absent an experienc ed aarbcr spoiled his whiskers in trimming them, which so chagrinned him that he direc ted the barbor to make a clean job of it by shaving whiskere and moustache both off.— The barber obeyed, and our friend's face was as smooth aDd as delicate as whon in hi 9 toens. He returned home in the night. Next mor ning hia little girl did not recognize him on waking up. Looking over her mother and seeing as she supposed a stranger in the bed, she remarked in her childish simplicity, 'Mis- I tor get out of here ; I'll tell my Pa when be I comes home.'